Productivity of management information systems researchers: Does Lotka's law apply?

Ravinder Nath, Wade M. Jackson

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By examining 899 Management Information Systems (MIS) research articles published in ten journals between 1975 and 1987, it is shown that while Lotka's inversesquare law relating the number of authors of papers to the number of papers written by each author does not apply, a generalized version of Lotka's law referred to as the inverse-power law fits remarkably well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-209
Number of pages7
JournalInformation Processing and Management
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Library and Information Sciences

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